Alton teaches the 'science' of food: what ingredients go together, how they need to be mixed and prepared and why all this stuff is necessary. It's almost like watching a culinary instructor in your living room for 30mins a night. I remember when I first started cooking and reading recipes, I would find myself scratching my head every once in a while and re-reading recipes thinking that I missed something in the directions. The thing was I didn't totally understand why all the steps in preparing a recipe went in the order they did but after a while of reading cookbooks and magazines, watching cooking shows and some experimenting everything started to make more sense.
The kitchen timer just dinged, folks, so I have to take my cakes out of the oven and let them cool. Good thing I made a little mini-cake to test tonight 'cuz it smells delish in here!